Whither the Asian Century?
Just a few years ago, Australia was banking on an Asian Century for its prosperity and security. Its future is now cloaked in great uncertainty in a more complex, contested environment
Our man in Washington
Between telephone tantrums and a tee off make-up, Joe Hockey revelled as Australia’s ambassador to the United States.
Dancing Before Storms: Five revolutions that changed the world
Five political revolutions, from the American revolution to the Russian revolution, offer lessons on how to manage the forces of political, economic and social change, according to Robert T. Harris.
Russia’s empty great power ambitions
Russia wishes to be regarded as a global power, but is it really?
Putin’s People – How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West
Catherine Belton’s book, Putin’s People, is of great interest as it provides well-researched and troubling insights into the nature of Russian politics on the eve of the invasion.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: A curiously strange war
In the eyes of some analysts, the West provoked Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and even created Putin. But the reality is more complex, and there are many lessons for the West to learn.
Saving democracy from Russian rage
The threat posed by Vladimir Putin has long been obvious to those prepared to look.
The formation of a new Quad…..China, India, Russia and Pakistan
Sunil Sharan argues that Russia's invasion of the Ukraine has led to the formation of a new Quad…..China, India, Russia and Pakistan
2022 Outlook: Australian foreign policy challenges and priorities
An interview by "Unravel" with John West
Executive Director of the Asian Century Institute.
COVID-19 – parallels and lessons from the “Spanish Flu”
While there may be some parallels and lessons from the “Spanish Flu” for COVID-19, the reality is that all viruses are different beasts, with different trajectories.
Is US leadership really in decline this time?
Michael Pembroke offers a scathing criticism of America’s postwar foreign policy, in his new book, “America in Retreat: the decline of US leadership – from WW2 to Covid-19”.
Where Is the US-China Relationship Heading in 2022?
The relationship between the U.S. and China is complicated. Yet, the countries remain economically entangled. John West explains how the countries' dynamic may evolve in 2022.
Covid-19's murky origins
The origins of COVID-19 are rather murky, as Jasper Becker argues in “Made in China.” We need an independent inquiry COVID-19 that also examines America’s cooperation with China on coronaviruses.
Australia’s Indian dream
Australia is doing its best to strengthen economic and political relations with India. But will India be the solution to its economic and political challenges?
Steve Waugh’s hymn to India
Steve Waugh’s book, The Spirit of India - Cricket, captures eloquently the importance of cricket to Australia and India.
Fear of abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942
Australia’s strategic environment has turned sour in recent years.
Minilateral initiatives to balance China in the Indo-Pacific
AUKUS is the latest minilateral initiative involving the US and its allies and partners to balance China’s rise in the Indo-Pacific.
AUKUS makes waves for the Indo-Pacific regional order
John West reports from Australia on the enhanced trilateral security partnership called “AUKUS”, between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
COVID-19 — China’s crime of the century
Will we ever know the exact origin of COVID-19? In all likelihood, no, never. But a growing body of evidence points to a negligent “lab-leak” being the most likely cause.
How China Loses: The Pushback Against Chinese Global Ambitions
Middle powers and developing countries are pushing back against China’s overreach such that China is unlikely to command influence over global affairs.
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